No blogging and not much paid work recently, I’ve been too busy making playhouses for grandchildren. delivering #2 tomorrow then Monday I start pitching and researching in earnest.
Nice to see ‘ghost blogs’ I wrote months ago still coming out about once a week, they’ll run out soon and commission some more…
Planning law and planners are making everything average, so why go anywhere? A polemic piece for Contributoria.
More of my ‘ghost blogging’ for a leading IT company published today. Contact me for details and access if you need a techie blogger
Diesel fuel is a type of oil, and fracking is all about gas, right? If you want to know why and how fracking could make diesel cars cheaper and cleaner to run you’ll need to buy Diesel Car magazine (or download a PDF here).
I’m not paranoid, nor a conspiracy theorist, but I do like my privacy. I choose what goes on my website and it’s all business stuff, family life is off limits. Big business doesn’t work like that, they want to know as much as possible about everyone because they think it makes it easier to sell things to us. Google is way out in front on this, so I’ve decided to opt out of all things Google, no more Gmail, Google+, Docs, Maps or Play. Read the full story here.
Finished seven 500 word blogs and two shorter ones for an IT company you’ve never heard of, unless you work in corporate IT. Unfortunately they go out under a director’s name, so if you want to know more about that side of my work, contact me.
March edition of Contributoria is out with a piece from me about biofuels.
Working on a piece for Contributoria about the role Biofuels might play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transport, and just discovered they’ve accepted another proposal about escaping from Google’s clutches.
My piece on setting up my ownCloud was published by MicroMart last week. I guess most paying customers have seen it already, so for the rest of you, here it is.
SSL certificates being expensive I discovered that my web host offers a ‘shared SSL’ system. Basically the hosting company pays for secure site on https, sets up pages for it’s customers, then forwards to the customer’s page.
So I got a secure link to my ownCloud free. Setting up was fairly simple, but then I’m a bit of a geek who enjoys fiddling around with anything techie, if you’re not, then stick with Dropbox or similar.
ownCloud has Contacts and Calendar apps that now sync with my (Kubuntu) desktop and Android phone and Tab. The calendar even syncs with my wife’s iPad so she can tell me what I’m doing.
There’s a ‘Docs’ app too that so far only allows you to edit .odt files, which is fine for me because I use LibreOffice on the desktop, but might bug MS users. There are plans to add other ODF formats such as spreadsheets and presentations in due course, and being open source there is a completely open API for developers to create their own apps.